Dead Calm

Dead Calm

Phillip Noyce (1988)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
Nicole Kidman and director Phillip Noyce were catapulted into the Hollywood frontline by this scary revel. It's an ingenious psychological thriller in the grand Hitchcock tradition, with a very simple premise: a couple (Kidman and Sam Neill) decide to take a yachting trip to try to recover from the death of their young son, but when they rescue the sole survivor (Billy Zane) from a sinking schooner, things take a very nasty turn. But, when Noyce expertly cranks up the tension to fever pitch you'll be screaming with delicious panic at one of the best ocean-going shockers since Jaws.


A husband and wife take a yachting trip to help recover from the death of their son. While out on the open water the couple spot a sinking ship and manage to save the only person left on board - but they come to bitterly regret their good deed when the situation turns dark and a fraught battle of wits ensues. Thriller, based on a novel by Charles Williams, with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane.

Cast & Crew

Rae Ingram Nicole Kidman
John Ingram Sam Neill
Hughie Warriner Billy Zane
Russell Bellows Rod Mullinar
Danny Joshua Tilden
Doctor George Shevtsov
Specialist doctor Michael Long
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVD